Michelle Spencer
Michelle completed her M.S. in fall 2021. The title of her thesis was, “The Influences of Sea-Surface Temperature Uncertainty on Cool-Season High-Shear, Low-CAPE Severe Weather Event Predictability in the Southeast United States,” and a manuscript derived from this research is in preparation for submission to Monthly Weather Review later in 2022. Michelle is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK.

Anna Kaminski
Anna completed her B.S. in spring 2021. Anna’s first undergraduate research project, a thirty-year climatology of northeastern United States atmospheric rivers, was the recipient of 2021’s American Meteorological Society’s Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award in Meteorology. A manuscript derived from this research is in review for eventual publication in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. Anna is presently an M.S. student working with Dr. Bob Hart at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.

Giorgio Sarro
Giorgio completed his B.S. in spring 2020. As an undergraduate research fellow, Giorgio completed an investigation of post-transformation intensity, structural, and timing extremes for extratropically transitioning tropical cyclones. The paper summarizing his findings received 2020’s American Meteorological Society’s Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award in Meteorology and is being revised for eventual publication in Monthly Weather Review. Giorgio is presently a Ph.D. candidate working with Dr. Tiffany Shaw at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL.

Jesse Schaffer
Jesse completed his M.S. in spring 2019. The title of his thesis was, Using Evolutionary Programming to Generate a Tropical Cyclone Intensity Model, and a manuscript derived from this research was published in May 2020 in Monthly Weather Review. Jesse is currently pursuing a Master of Education (M.Ed.) at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Aidan Kuroski
Aidan completed his M.S. in summer 2018. The title of his thesis was, An Investigation of the Conditional Practical Predictability of the 31 May 2013 Heavy-Rain-Producing Mesoscale Convective System. Aidan is presently employed as a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI.

David Nevius
David completed his M.S. in spring 2018. The title of his thesis was, The Influence of Vertical Advection Discretization in the WRF-ARW Model on Capping Inversion Representation in Warm-Season, Thunderstorm Supporting Environments, and a manuscript derived from this research was published in December 2018 in Weather and Forecasting. David is presently employed by Delta Airlines in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Caitlin Crossett
Dr. Crossett completed her M.S. in spring 2017. The title of her thesis was, An Examination of the Dynamics of a Rear-Inflow Jet Associated with an Idealized Mesoscale Convective System, and a manuscript derived from this research is currently in preparation for submission to the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Crossett recently completed her Ph.D. in Hydrometeorology at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, and will soon begin a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.

Alexandra/Alli Kelly (née: Keclik)
Alli completed her M.S. in spring 2016 and was jointly advised with Prof. Paul Roebber. The title of her thesis was, The Influence of Assimilated Targeted Observations Upon Ensemble Forecasts of Convection Initiation, and a manuscript derived from this research was published in December 2017 in Monthly Weather Review. Alli is presently employed as the National Weather Service Central Region Impact-Based Decision Support Services and Warning Coordination Meteorologist Program Manager in Kansas City, MO.

Bryan Burlingame
Bryan completed his M.S. in spring 2016 and was jointly advised with Prof. Paul Roebber. The title of his thesis was, The Influence of PBL Parameterization on the Practical Predictability of Convection Initiation During the Mesoscale Predictability Experiment (MPEX), and a manuscript derived from this research was published in June 2017 in Weather and Forecasting. Bryan is presently employed as a data scientist by Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, WI.

Caleb Grunzke
Caleb completed his M.S. in spring 2016. The title of his thesis was, Predictability and Dynamics of Warm-Core Mesoscale Vortex Formation with the 8 May 2009 “Super Derecho” Event, and a manuscript derived from this research was published in March 2017 in Monthly Weather Review. After beginning his career as a Research Associate with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, Caleb is presently employed as a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen/Twin Cities, MN.

Juliana Karloski
Juliana completed her M.S. in spring 2015. The title of her thesis was, Seasonal Influences upon and Long-Term Trends in the Length of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, and a manuscript derived from this research was published in January 2016 in the Journal of Climate. Juliana is presently an Educational Instructor with Space Center Houston at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

Alex Manion
Alex completed his M.S. in spring 2014. The title of his thesis was, A Preliminary Evaluation of Advanced Dvorak Technique-Derived Intensity Estimate Errors and Biases During the Extratropical Transition of Tropical Cyclones Using Synthetic Satellite Imagery, and a manuscript derived from this research was published in August 2015 in Weather and Forecasting. Alex is presently employed as a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac, MI.

Dr. Brock Burghardt
Dr. Burghardt completed his M.S. thesis in spring 2013 and was jointly advised with Prof. Paul Roebber. The title of his thesis was, Assessing the Predictability of Convection Initiation Using an Object-Based Approach, and a manuscript derived from this research was published in April 2014 in Weather and Forecasting. Dr. Burghardt completed his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX in 2017 and is presently employed by Synoptic Data PBC in Salt Lake City, UT.